You plowed through your beach reads in record time, and can't bear the thought of summer reruns, so what's to do on those long summer nights or washed-out weekends?
Binge watch the series that all of your friends and colleagues talked about all year, of course. Not sure where to start? We make it easy for you with our Binge Watching for Beginners guide.
Orange Is the New Black (OITNB)
Three seasons in, and OITNB is getting better, deeper and funnier. You can easily watch the whole series in one long weekend. It's the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). She's a 30-something blonde sentenced to 15 months in prison for helping her girlfriend transport drug money. That's the back-story, but the real heart of the show are the other inmates. The A-list cast features Kate Mulgrew as prison chef "Red," Taryn Manning as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, a right-wing hero for all the wrong reasons and Laverne Cox who plays a transgender prisoner. You won't be able to hit pause once the action starts.
Available on NetFlix
If you like OITNB, you'll love Wentworth. Yes, it's another female lock-up drama, but this one takes place in an Australian women's prison (OITNB takes place in upstate NY). There's less fluff and more grit at Wentworth. If you are not hooked after episode one, don't give up. Wentworth is worth it.
Available on Amazon Prime or NetFlix
This 19th century historical drama chronicles an earl, his family, their servants and their lives, loves and losses. It may sound like a sleeper, but its must-see TV. The sixth and final season will air in 2016. Get up to speed this summer so you can host a goodbye party when the show wraps for good.
Available on DVD and Amazon Prime
Odd Mom Out
Bravo's new scripted comedy is dead-on. It focuses on a wealthy Manhattan mom and her uber-wealthy, tres pretentious social circle. Those who think it's exaggerated don't live on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Jill Kargman (@jillkargman) is self-deprecating and then some as she tackles the hellish private school admission process, her first indoor cycling class and many an awkward social sitch. (The bread joke doesn't get old... watch it and you'll see what we mean.)
Available on Bravo On-Demand
High Flying Adored
Flight attendants always look the part – even if they just spent one night in Bangkok followed by a layover in Detroit before heading across the country, again. From drinking water and lathering on moisturizer and lip balm, learn how they do it here.
Or you can try Flight Mist, a 100% all-natural spritz specifically designed to restore and preserve skin hydration in-flight at high altitudes, where humidity is low. A 3-oz travel-friendly bottle wholesales for $15. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take It On The Chin?
If I use makeup with sunscreen, do I still have to apply sunscreen separately?
Sorry, but the answer is yes. Most makeup doesn't have enough SPF to do the trick. We are all looking for a multi-tasking product that saves us some grooming time, but this isn't a shortcut you should take. The best way to stave off premature aging and skin cancer is to generously apply your sunscreen and then wait a few minutes before applying makeup. Choose and use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum protection (one that protects against UVA and UVB rays) that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or greater.
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